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The U.S. National Archives: Former Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, President George H.W. Bush, former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter pose for a picture at opening of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California.

By Michael Brown, The Stream, December 18, 2020

Note: For another article, with a Christmas-flavored take on the theme, see “Trust God, Not the Herods of Our Day,” from The Stream‘s Al Perrotta

Dr. Michael Brown ( is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test? Connect with him on FacebookTwitter or YouTube.


Michael BrownWhat comes to mind when you hear that the title of one of my articles is, “Don’t Put Your Trust in a Political Savior”? For some of you, it is probably something like this: “There goes Mike Brown again with his self-righteous posturing, lecturing those of us who are still standing with Donald Trump.” But what if I told you that I wrote this article back in 2011 during the presidency of Barack Obama? And what if I told you that I began the article by speaking about President Jimmy Carter in 1976? Would that change things?

Back in 1976, as a fairly new, born-again follower of Jesus, I remember my excitement when I learned that this candidate from Georgia was also born-again. And he wasn’t ashamed to say it! Surely he would do an amazing job.

He Wasn’t the Answer  …

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